The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Work 020 7577 6900
Fax 020 7577 6950

Stuart Mathews

Work 020 7577 3499
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Work Department

Corporate advisory.


Stuart’s practice focuses on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, banking and security, commercial dispute resolution and commercial contracts. Stuart has practiced in South Africa as well as the UK. Stuart has advised African and European based clients on transactions in Africa and other emerging markets as well as in Europe and Eastern Europe. His clients include entrepreneurs, high net worth families, emerging companies, large corporates (public and private) and state owned entities. Sectors include mining, oil and gas, renewables, manufacturing and agribusiness.


Stellenbosch University (1985 BA cum laude; 1986 BA (Hons)); University of Cape Town (1988 LLB); Cambridge University (1992 LLM).

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The standard of service at¬†McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery high quality, with an exceptional price to performance ratio‚Äô. The practice has significant experience in high-value cross-border M&A; sector strengths include energy, healthcare, life sciences and asset management. The transactional practice is headed by¬†Mark Davis,¬†who recently advised KP Snacks on its acquisition of Tangerine Confectionary‚Äôs popcorn business, Butterkist. The practice is noted for its strength in the emerging markets, with¬†Rupert Weber¬†a noted expert in the African markets.¬†Weber recently acted for the Oppenheimer family on the restructuring of its existing joint venture with Temasek and the setting up of a new joint venture for investing in consumer, healthcare and other businesses in Africa. On the real estate side, Weber and¬†Eleanor West¬†advised Prime Kapital on a joint venture with MAS Real Estate to create a ‚ā¨260m Central and Eastern European commercial property business.¬†Stuart Mathews¬†is recommended as an ‚Äėoutstanding corporate lawyer with excellent knowledge in other areas; he is down to earth, and service minded‚Äô.¬†Lisa O‚ÄôNeill¬†has particular expertise in the oil & gas sector, and recently represented Actuant in the sale of its Viking Sea Tech business to Acteon Group, which provides mooring solutions for the offshore oil and gas market. Counsel¬†Elisabeth Moseley¬†and¬†Alan Gar¬†joined in April 2017 from¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†and¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†respectively. Peter Crichton¬†joined the following month from¬†CMS.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to